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Title: Continuity and Change in Grammar
Edited By: Anne Breitbarth
Christopher Lucas
Sheila Watts
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 159

One of the principal challenges of historical linguistics is to explain the
'causes' of language change. Any such explanation, however, must also
address the 'actuation problem': why is it that changes occurring in a given
language at a certain time cannot be reliably predicted to recur in other
languages, under apparently similar conditions? The sixteen contributions to the
present volume each aim to elucidate various aspects of this problem, including:
What processes can be identified as the drivers of change? How central are
syntax-external (phonological, lexical or contact-based) factors in triggering
syntactic change? And how can all of these factors be reconciled with the
actuation problem? Exploring data from a wide range of languages from both a
formal and a functional perspective, this book promises to be of interest to
advanced students and researchers in historical linguistics, syntax and their

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288073
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027255426
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